Of macaron towers.Posted: May 5, 2013
So I’ve accomplished a couple of things since I last hit the panic button in this post.
Confirming who would do our “wedding cake” was one of them!
A wedding cake, to me, was something I could do without — up until the moment I saw a decadent macaron tower in the display windows of Canelé one day. Ever since then, I’ve been pretty adamant about having a macaron tower like this at my wedding:
One vendor who does macaron towers like these is Sweet Merveilles. They make pretty impressive cakes as well. This was their latest macaron tower, taken from their Facebook page:
Pretty impressive, isn’t it? Design-wise, it isn’t really my style though. I got to taste their macarons at the 2011 Jentayu Gallery Exhibition and I thought they were really good. But when I returned again for the 2012 exhibition, they were sort of so-so. Don’t know about now, though.
Another vendor who’s recently taken to offering macaron towers, as many of you would know by now, is none other than Ola Lola:
A different kind of macaron tower, but a macaron tower nonetheless. The macarons, as you can see, are arranged on a macaron stand, instead of being attached to a cone structure like the first two macaron towers.
I still prefer the other type of tower, but I’m definitely digging the look — classic chic. I haven’t personally tried Ola Lola’s macarons and I guess it would’ve been easier for me to engage them to cut down on the number of vendors I have to liaise with since they’re also doing my gift trays, but they’ll be on a break from business in October. They’ve already graciously agreed to do my gift trays, so I thought I wouldn’t pursue this one.
Bisous À Toi
So I turned to Bisous À Toi. Kak Rima, the marvel behind Bisous À Toi, is somewhat of a dessert connoisseur in my eyes. Just take a look at her blog and you’ll see what I mean. Her desserts always look so exquisite, even if it’s just a cupcake. She really has an eye for detail as you’ll see in her photography. I guess being well-travelled helps!
She takes orders for macarons and other cakes, and always seems to have a steady stream of customers. I ordered some macarons from her to try last year and I understood then why she has so many customers! They were deeelicious! I asked if she could do a macaron tower like the Jean-Paul Hévin one above, but she advised me that there’s always a risk of the outer shell of the macaron sliding off when the temperature of the surrounding air rises, causing the filling to melt.
I guess she wasn’t comfortable with taking the chance, so she suggested using a macaron stand, which is what Ola Lola uses as well.
With a heart that weighed a tonne, I took up her suggestion. I really wanted the other tower! To me the acrylic tower looks a little less pretty but yes, it’s better to be safe than sorry. We wouldn’t want an avalanche of 200 odd macarons, would we now? Come to think of it, I wouldn’t mind getting caught in that avalanche….just not during my wedding.
As for the base, I’m currently looking for a slab of tree bark, much like this:
It would go sooooo fabulously with my woodland theme! I’ve already got a couple of ideas where I can start looking: carpenters, firewood suppliers, timber suppliers. Let’s see whether they will even entertain this bride-to-be’s request for a meagre slab of wood….